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The medieval knight who fights baddies, whether villains, knights or dragonsand in The Tourneycharms ladies without deliberately seducing them, behaves honorablyand saves the day with his sword ; but also, any hero who behaves similarly. Invariably Lawful Good and honor bound. First appeared in the Chivalric Romance.
He has a very high incidence of having a Bodyguard Crush and Rescue Romance. Historical knights were first and foremost professional soldiers. They usually were of Blue Blood — or, if commoner-born, founders of a new noble family. This term could also be applied to knights though - essentially, all knights were men-at-arms, but not all men-at-arms were knights. Their modus operandi was lance-armed heavy cavalry, which charged the enemy in full gallop on closed ranks. They often were used dismounted Norman queen looking for knight in shining well, when they fought as heavy infantry, usually armed with enormous can-openers such as poleaxes or two-handed swords.
A cultural trope in Europe since medieval times, most good knights practice something called chivalryHonorand Self-Control and occasionally chastity. Prone to rescuing the Damsel in Distressor delivering her from false accusationsoften whilst bearing The Lady's Favour. The Knight in Shining Armor was a frequent carrier of The Dulcinea Effect : medieval Chivalric Romancesindeed, portrayed knights who fell in love with a princesse lointaine merely on hearing her described, without even seeing her - though his love and heroism usually won her heart.
Another occupational hazard is Chronic Hero SyndromeKnights Errant being charged to Walk the Earth righting wrongs until a worthy quest shows up. Oh, and he will Save the Princessusually from dragons. This is often invoked to describe a man who acts chivalrously toward women. The term may be used in more cynical works to indicate a Wide-Eyed Idealist.
Even the Ur-Example of the straight usage of trope, King Arthurmessed around with it a lot. The "shining" originally referred to the way his armor and weapons were kept in good condition, as opposed to the rust that accumulated for less competent knights. Most knights will be depicted wearing plate armor, despite it appearing relatively late in the era of knights. Prince Charmlesson the other hand would not be a knight by choice.
See Lord Error-Prone and Miles Gloriosus for common variations, played with tropes, and parodies and Knight in Sour Armor for what happens when the world fails to live up to their standards, but they keep on being good anyway. If the knight is too dedicated to his ideals and code, he may become a Knight Templar. If he likes fighting a bit too much, he is in danger of becoming a Blood Knight. A knight who is shiny for one person in particular is The Champion. A knight that gets magical powers as a reward for this goodness is almost certainly The Paladin to boot.
If the Knight in Shining Armor wanders the land seeking evil to slay, then he's also a Knight Errant. Animated Armor will appear as this, all the way to The Reveal. Subtrope to Ideal Hero. See also Shining Goodness. Compare the gentleman's Old-School Chivalry. Compare and contrast the Dogged Nice Guy. A white knight is an internet persona who wants to be this. An Officer and a Gentleman is the modern version of this trope — very often even their direct genetic descendants as old noble families are grossly over-represented in all military academies around the world.
With the notable exception of America, of course. Compare Samuraiwhich usually tends to be the Japanese equivalent of this trope. Before adding examples, remember that—despite the name—this trope doesn't necessarily have anything to do with Norman queen looking for knight in shining character's armor or its color. A well-behaved knight in black armor or even no armor could still qualify, and a character who just wears shiny armor without behaving in a heroic manner is not an example. In reality, he was turned into a frog after sealing Calindor later Imperious in a cave.
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Berserk : The Skull Knight doesn't Norman queen looking for knight in shining a lot of lady-charming he did rescue a damsel in distress oncepreferring to act as a Mysterious Protector to Guts and Casca, but he's perhaps the closest thing so far to a Knight in Shining Armor in the Berserk universe, particularly when he saves Guts and Casca from being finished off by Femto Griffith's Godhand self and the Godhand at the end of the Eclipse.
Fan rumor is rampant that the guy is Emperor Gaiseric, the guy who unified Midlandwho may have gone through a similar ordeal when Void was incarnated as a Godhandexplaining his stone-cold hate for the Godhand in general. And the guy is a complete badass to boot. Griffith may be the leader of a mercenary company, and of common birth, but he very convincingly plays the role of the perfect knight.
Most people say that the first time they saw him was like looking at a storybook hero come to life. It also helps that he's a Pretty Boy who wears shining armor and rides a white-caparisoned horse. Beneath the Mask he is a more morally ambiguous and sometimes ruthless character. Azan the Bridge Knight has a heroic disposition and combat competence despite being of middle age. Very chivalrous and generally well mannered, has a weak spot for women, especially Orihime, also tried to protect Rukia when she was powerless and even spared the life of his female opponent, mercy he doesn't show to others of her kind.
Contrary to his popular image he is also one of the most capable leading characters in the series, having fought tough opponents and held his own against enemies far stronger than himself. The Quincy, people of whom he is supposedly Last of His Kind. Code Geass : Kururugi Suzaku subverts it; he initially seems like the perfect knight, but his attitude is formed partly by his own inherent idealism towards helping people and not letting the ends justify the means — a problem, to say the least, in an alternate Japan occupied by Britannia that is also a site for several violent armed rebellions — and partly by the repressed knowledge that he himself is guilty of the very thing he loathes by killing his own father at the age of 10 to make Japan surrender and keep it from becoming a permanent war zone.
His lack of punishment for having done it drove him into becoming a Death Seeker that wants to die serving his ideals. Having acknowledged the memories fully halfway through the season, he freely admits to being selfish, hypocritical, and, in his own words, "despicable". Xing-ke plays the trope straight; an honorable and badass swordsman devoted body and soul to his empress.
On the Britannian side, Gilbert G. Guilford is this for his own princess. Ame from Denpa Teki na Kanojo claims to have been this to Juu in a past life, and wants to continue this role in the present.
Her taser works just as well as a sword would. Digimon : There is a large group of Digimon called the "Royal Knights". As the name would suggest, they are a group of thirteen Mega-level Digimon who all resemble a cross between a classic Knight and a mecha. They are supposedly a group of "good guys" who work for the God of the Digital Worldbut every one of their appearances so far has introduced them as antagonists of the Knight Templar or brainwashed variety.
They're not all-exclusive to the group, though. These ones weren't actual members of the Royal Knights, though— they were just the same "species". Tamahome from Fushigi Yuugi. Hotohori wants to be this to the Priestessbut Miaka is more interested in Tamahome. Alucard is this to young Integra in Hellsing when he saved her and is still her loyal bodyguard after she grew up. Mist from Knights does his best at this despite being a Hero with Bad Publicityas well as being just a squire. He fits the trope better than all the other knights thus far. Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha has a female example in um.
Monster has the female heroine, Norman queen looking for knight in shining Fortner, fantasize that her secret admirer must be her "prince on a white horse. In reality, the anonymous "romantic" s that have been sent to her were from her twin brother Johan.
In My Monster Secret the main characters' teacher Akari Koumoto has been holding onto the "prince on a white horse" fantasy for years, well into her Christmas Cake phase; though it's Played for Laughs like everything in the series, it's also seriously examined, since it's strongly implied that the entire reason Akari has never been in a relationship is because she's convinced herself that True Love will just fall into her lap one day so she doesn't actually need to do anything. On the other hand, the reason she has this particular fantasy in the first place is because as she'd always been either made fun of or treated like One of the Boys due to her unnatural strength and height, and she just wants a man will treat her like a feminine woman rather than being scared of her.
Mytho from Princess Tutuin his true form as the Prince from the fairytale the story revolves around, fits this trope almost perfectly except he has no armor and rescues maidens while dancing on a magically formed pillar of flower petals. Also subverted with Fakir, who is the reincarnation of the Knight from the story but doesn't behave like the stereotypical knight.
Sayaka from Puella Magi Madoka Magica aspires to be this - her love interest in this case is Kyousuke, who used to play the violin until his hand was badly injured in an accident. When she contracts to become a Magical Girlher outfit of the magical girls we see in the series, hers is the only one with a cape and weapon of choice swords reflect this goal. In a series written by Gen Urobuchithis quickly le to tragedy.
In a horrific twist, her Witch form, Oktavia von Seckendorff also reflects this by donning a knight armor, a three-eyed helmet, and a heart-shaped cape, symbolizing how her madness thoroughly corrupted her ideals. Annelotte Kreutz from Queen's Blade Rebellion is a noble knight with a strong sense of justice.
The eponymous Revolutionary Girl Utena aspires to be this, initially entering the plot to avenge the honor of a friend and staying to Rescue The Princess. But was that really such a good idea? The idea is gender-flipped, subverted, deconstructed, and reconstructed throughout the series. Mika of Seraph of the End is affectionately dubbed as being this for Yuu given his constant Declaration of Protection about him, desire to save him above all else, and occasionally getting to carry him in a Bridal Carry.
Ferid even refers to Yuu as the precious princess that Mika wants to save and likens it to "love". Slayers parodies this, and the Prince Charming idea.
Both Lina and Sylphiel have an image of a prince, noble, heroic, handsome, blond, clad in white, riding on a white charger. Then they meet Amelia's father, Phil, who technically fits almost all the requirements except the blond hair and he is not handsomebut shatters Sylphiel's fantasy of a prince into tiny little pieces.
Literally shatters. A piece of Lina's actually bonks her on the head. Snow White with the Red Hair : Mitsuhide Lowen is a knight, kind man and excellent swordsman who is completely loyal to prince Zen who he is a retainer for. He also attracts a of female admirers due to his personality and looks but avoids romance both through obliviousness and his dedication to his job as Zen's protector. Zen's other initial retainer Kiki Serian reflects this trope as well, though her stoic unreadable nature and the fact that she will have to give up living as a just a knight to take over as head of her family makes her an interesting take.
He'd only seen her twice when he made the decision, and he presents his intention with a written contract and a proclamation in front of a small crowd. Horo points out he's not really in love with herso much as the idea of rescuing a beautiful Damsel in Distress in a knightly way. Strawberry Panic! Tis Time for "Torture," Princess : A semi-recurring character is the knight Louch Brittan, who's doing his best to rescue the Princess.
He does indeed mean well, though, and he only really fails because each "rescue" is performed in a way that makes the Princess not want to be saved by him. For example, she rejects his attempt to use a teleportation spell because you Can't Take Anything with You and she would be left nude on the other side. Allen Schezar of The Vision of Escaflowne is this from start to finish. He always does the right thing, even when it hurts. Plus, his armor is a Humongous Mecha.
In Yu-Gi-Oh! The image was frequently reproduced in Nazi Germanyincluding as a postcard. Card Games. In Magic: The Gatheringthis is generally White 's shtick. Though depending on the setting, it might range from anything from classical heroic knights to insidious fanatics and other deconstructions. The White Knightpolar opposite of the Norman queen looking for knight in shining Black Knight. However, game mechanics normally prevent the two from engaging each other in combat The Shards of Alara expansion features Bant, a plane of Knights in Shining Armor, who have a Fantastic Caste System based on the acquisition of sigils, which are marks of great valor and honorable conduct.Norman queen looking for knight in shining
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